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Old 07-14-2017, 10:23 PM
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Hello, I got a metal hammer from Northern Tool a week or so ago. Once I get the 60 gallon air compressor next month, I will finally have a change to try the thing out.

I found I enjoy working with metal. I was looking at a metal lathe on grizzly. They have one that is from $5-$600. Is it any good? I have a lack of space. My mom will be putting the air compressor in her shed. Haha. I just want a metal lathe, that will allow me to get an idea of how they work.

Also, I got two metal working magazines. Free copies. I realized they were for pros. Haha. But, I found a site that sold metal for a lathe. The metal had lead in it. I watched a documentary a few years ago, about people who used led and died from it. Awful to see the poor women. Do I have to use stuff with lead in it?
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The lead is in the steel to facilitate machining. It is not weldable.
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:53 AM
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Hi Joshua,

First off I recommend that you get together with someone in your area that has a shop and is willing to show you around.Perhaps if you put out a request here and other machining sites on the web someone would surely step up to help you get started.

This site is technically devoted mostly to sheet metal shaping (think automobile bodies) even though it can be a little confusing in that it's named "AllMetalShaping" but lots of people on this site also have lathes.

Machine tools can be dangerous if you don't know how to use them properly.

Welcome to the big world of "metal working"
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